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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Quick take: Cubs 7, Marlins 5

By Bruce Levine



MIAMI -- Here's a look at the Cubs' 7-5 win over the Marlins on Wednesday.

The good: The Cubs used homers by Reed Johnson and Marlon Byrd to win a ball game that looked like another loss. Newcomer Tony Campana stole a base then stole a run by getting a hand in ahead of the tag on a bang-bang play at the plate. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija pitched two shutout innings striking out three Marlins for the victory.

The bad: Right-hander Ryan Dempster gave up four runs in the fifth inning. He left the game trailing 5-3 after just 90 pitches.

Outside the box: Samardzija won his third game in relief. He now trails only Carlos Zambrano in victories on the Cubs roster.

Next: Casey Coleman (1-3) takes on Chris Volstad (1-2).